U.S. Senate Acts Against Private-Equity Dental Group

by Billy Tarpley on July 25, 2013

FROM PublicIntegrity.org – One of the nation’s largest dental chains for children should be thrown out of the Medicaid program for encouraging dentists to perform unnecessary treatments to boost profits, a new U.S. Senate report concludes.

A two-year Senate investigation of dental chains owned by private-equity firms found that Small Smiles’ business model deceptively gave managers rather than dentists control over the clinics. The report said that management set daily production goals and awarded dentists bonuses based on the amount of work they do, resulting in overbilling and poor quality of care.

See the PublicIntegrity.org article at the link below:

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/07/23/13029/senate-report-recommends-ouster-large-dental-chain-medicaid-program

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